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Canada’s History Society has officially announced the winners of the Ultimate Class Field Trip, and six history or social studies classes from across Canada will get to take a field trip to a National Historic Site.
During the 2011 school year, teachers celebrated the 100th anniversary of Parks Canada by having their students write about Canada’s National Historic Sites. Canada’s History received hundreds of entries from students across the country, commemorating the historic destinations.
The winners are the grade 7 and 8 students of St. Pio of Pietrelcina School in Mississauga, Ont. Their entry, titled Ty’s Cross Country Adventure, was a story about a Métis student who travels to 23 National Historic Sites.
“When I told the students that we won the Ultimate Class Field Trip contest, they were extremely excited — there were even a few tears,” said St. Pio teacher Kelly Campbell. "I am very proud of all of their entries. We anticipate experiencing some of them first-hand when we visit Kingston and Ottawa.”
Campbell and her students have won an all-expenses-paid four-day trip to Ottawa from May 14 to 17 courtesy of Parks Canada and EF Educational Tours.
“We’ve seen how students change through trips that help make their textbooks come to life,” said Greg Owen, vice-president of public affairs and event tours at EF Educational Tours. “They become more engaged in the world around them.”
Five regional prizes were also awarded to High Road Academy in British Columbia, Westminster Secondary School in Ontario, Eston Composite School in Saskatchewan, Ecole-Ste-Therese-de-l’Enfant-Jesus in Quebec and Halifax Independent School in Nova Scotia. Students from these schools will make day trips to nearby historic sites.
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